RFA CEO Comments on New EPA Refinery Waivers

Calling it a significant broken promise on the part of President Trump that will hurt rural America at the worst possible time, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper strongly criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement late Friday that granted 31 more exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard to oil refineries, representing 1.43 billion gallons of additional lost …

2019 Sturgis Ethanol Promotion with RFA

The Renewable Fuels Association once again partners with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 79th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled Aug. 2-11 in Sturgis, S.D. RFA will also sponsor the 12th annual Legends Ride on Aug. 5, with RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White participating and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider as the ride captain. RFA will again …

US-EU Beef Trade Deal Signed

President Donald J. Trump congratulated members of the nation’s beef cattle industry Friday as the United States and the European Union signed an agreement that is expected to nearly triple the duty-free access for high quality U.S. beef exports to Europe. . “This is a tremendous victory for American farmers, ranchers, and, of course, European consumers because American beef is …

Ethanol Report on Plans for 2019 Sturgis Rally

The Ethanol Report

The Renewable Fuels Association is back for the 11th year at the 79th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 2-11 in Sturgis, S.D., once again partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground to provide free 10% ethanol for bikers along with the facts about ethanol use in motorcycles. In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, RFA Vice President of Industry Relations …

2019 Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress

2019 Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress

This year the Ag Media Summit is combined with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Minneapolis, MN. This brings about 150 international ag journalists to the Ag Media Summit. The programs overlap with attendees being able to register for just one or the other events or the full meal deal. This virtual ag newsroom is being made possible …

Biofuels Groups Testify at EPA RFS Hearing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard concerns from many biofuels industry stakeholders during a public hearing Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Much of the comments from both sides of the issues centered on whether or not EPA …

CannaFarm Con for Growing Industry

Cannabis farming is a growing industry in this country and people want to know more about it, and that is why CannaFarm Con is being held August 1-2 in San Diego. Cannabis can be either hemp or marijuana with industrial hemp and production for CBD being the fastest growing segments of the industry. Celeste Miranda set about organizing an event …

ZimmCast 622 – Future of InfoAg Conference

This edition of the ZimmCast podcast features interviews with PAQ Interactive and Lara Moody, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) about the future for the InfoAg Conference, which started in 1995. Listen to the ZimmCast here: 2019 InfoAg Conference Photo Album

RFA Partners with Hauk Designs to Take E85 Off-Road

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs are partnering to highlight the many benefits of using ethanol fuel blends in high-performance off-road vehicles. Fans can watch the Hauk team design and build an RFA flex-fuel Jeep Wrangler JL in a special “Hauk Machines” Amazon Prime video series airing soon. But first, the series kicks off exclusively …

Senate Ag Committee Hemp Hearing

The Senate Committee on Agriculture got an update on “Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill” Thursday with opening remarks from leadership and two panels. Providing opening remarks were: Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) The first panel included representatives from USDA, EPA and FDA who gave reports on how their …

USDA Provides Details of Support Package for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other agency officials announced further details of the $16 billion package “aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.” In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on …

2019 InfoAg Conference

InfoAg Conference

The 2019 InfoAg Conference, brought to you by The Fertilizer Institute, takes place at Union Station in St. Louis, MO again this year. Since 1995, the InfoAg Conference has been the premier event for discussion and advancement of precision agriculture. This event draws interest from domestic and international agriculture professionals and features a wide range of educational and networking opportunities …

Ethanol Report on Current Issues

The Ethanol Report

The Renewable Fuels Association is having a busy summer keeping up with the latest EPA actions impacting ethanol. In this edition of “The Ethanol Report,” RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper discusses preparing for the July 31 public hearing on the proposed 2020 volume obligations, waiting on EPA to make a decision about more Small Refinery Exemptions, and when the …

2019 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

“Super Farmers Grow Super Peanuts” is the theme for the 21st Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference, July 18-20, at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, Panama City Beach, Florida. The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. The event includes the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, the Florida Peanut Producers Association, the Mississippi Peanut …

ZimmCast 621 – Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress Preview

ZimmCast 619

This podcast features a preview of the upcoming 2019 Ag Media Summit and International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Minneapolis/Bloomington, Minnesota. This year’s dates are July 26-31 for the Congress with AMS overlapping on July 27-31. The last time the two programs were held together was in 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual Ag Media Summit includes AAEA …